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Old 10-26-2018, 02:43 PM   #76
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I forgot that the letter contained Tom's earring and his license. The letter is definitely not a hoax. But I do think the contents of the letter could be fabricated to throw the investigation off. Like the Vietnam stuff and meeting Tom at the strip club. I get the feeling that his killer is closer to him than the letter is making it out to be.
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I forgot that the letter contained Tom's earring and his license. The letter is definitely not a hoax. But I do think the contents of the letter could be fabricated to throw the investigation off. Like the Vietnam stuff and meeting Tom at the strip club. I get the feeling that his killer is closer to him than the letter is making it out to be.
I agree.

I may have mentioned this before, but I think it's entirely possible that Tom, as upstanding as he seemed, could have very likely been in the periphery of some other people that were not simply by virtue of the biking hobby. Biker gangs, after all, are still a thing.

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I agree.

I may have mentioned this before, but I think it's entirely possible that Tom, as upstanding as he seemed, could have very likely been in the periphery of some other people that were not simply by virtue of the biking hobby. Biker gangs, after all, are still a thing.

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Indeed. A 'rougher' acquaintance of his (who could've been a member in such a group) could've been the one who wanted to get him out of the way or could've been the person to actually commit the act (on behalf of someone else)
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I agree.

I may have mentioned this before, but I think it's entirely possible that Tom, as upstanding as he seemed, could have very likely been in the periphery of some other people that were not simply by virtue of the biking hobby. Biker gangs, after all, are still a thing.

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I don't even know if his killer had to be an "unsavory" character. It could have been someone close to him but totally away from the biker lifestyle. The letter just seems too disguised as a way to throw off the investigation. Whoever killed him dumped his body 500 miles away from where he was last seen. The direction from where he was last seen to where the dumpsite was looked like this person was heading north and then east towards Nevada. I don't know why a random guy who ran into Tom at a strip club and was "just an acquaintance" of his would kill him and then make this trek.

To my knowledge the police have never released where the letter was post marked from.
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The letter just seems too disguised as a way to throw off the investigation. Whoever killed him dumped his body 500 miles away from where he was last seen. The direction from where he was last seen to where the dumpsite was looked like this person was heading north and then east towards Nevada.
I started thinking about this case again after listening to RobinW's TTWC podcast. He did a great job breaking this down.

Cars brings up a really good point that I didn't think about as much before. The drive from where Tom lived to Placer county would take HOURS. So either Tom was alive and killed/died there, or the killer was hauling a dead body for a long, long way. Driving through that part of California, there are many places to dump a body that are a lot closer to LA. There are plenty of mountainous areas, desert areas, water, etc.

So to me, that means that Tom was either alive and going for a ride or the killer felt comfortable hauling a dead body that far and for that long. That seems a bit nuts because that adds to the chance that it would be discovered.

I agree with Cars that it seems like the person was driving away, which makes me think the killer didn't live in LA or was getting out of LA for good.

One other thing that always bothered me -- the bag of Tom's things had a knife, flashlight, glasses, empty pill bottle, and some t-shirts. If that list is complete, what is not there bothers me more. There was no underwear, socks, shoes, pants, or toiletries which means this was probably not a complete bag. It almost sounds like it was partially packed for a future trip, leftover from a past trip, or he kept it as a disaster/bug-out bag. It's still odd AF as to why it was there, but I don't think Tom intentionally packed for a trip.

I'm just curious why the body was dumped so far away. It just doesn't make sense to drive so far and to such a remote location. I have the feeling this was way more personal of a murder and this person wanted Tom dead. As Cars said, the letter really smacks of being a red herring to throw off the investigation.
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